Five Characteristics Of Successful Players

Five Characteristics Of Successful Players

1. Commitment

  • Don’t be Luke-warm, invest everything – Be PASSIONATE about what you do
  • “A leader with great passion & few skills will always outperform a leader with great skills and little passion.” – John Maxwell
  • Be committed to becoming the best you can be – Skill Development – Confidence comes from demonstrated ability

2. Toughness (physical & mental)

  • Mental more so than physical (attention to detail-  great is in the details)
  • BE COMFORTABLE WITH BEING UNCOMFORTABLE (pressure is good – stress is bad)
  • You have to have tenacity, which is the ability to stick with it. Always be persistent in your attitude and effort
  • If you want to be the best player you have to be the hardest worker. Those who work the hardest are the last to surrender

3. Communication (on & off the floor)

  • Listen vs. hearing (listen with your eyes, ears, mind & heart) Listening includes the intention of understanding!
  • Great players crave hard instruction
  • Have huddles on the floor to communicate with teammates
  • Sometimes you have to figure it out without your coach (communicate to “Fix It”) – Adapt, Improvise, & Overcome

4. Leadership

  • Leadership starts from the top
  • You have to learn to serve before you can lead (servant leader)
  • Lead from the front not from the rear (lead by example because your example isn’t the main thing, it is the only thing)
  • Not everybody can lead, but everybody has a role


  1. Define
  2. Understand
  3. Accept
  4. Fulfill

5.  Goal Oriented

  • Determine what you want – find out how much it is going to cost you – decide whether you are willing to pay the price
  • Have long term & short term goals
  • Set specific goals that are observable & measurable (Have a narrow focus to help concentration)
  • Set goals that are realistically attainable & within your control

               You must have the persistence to follow through with your set goals (BE A FINISHER)



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